English 1022E Lecture Notes - Thesis Statement, Dont
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ENGLISH 1022E October 12th, 2010
ENGLISH – Lecture 9
o Stapled, no add-ons, no title page. Looks like handout. Numbered, but not the first page, on the
top right hand corner. Top left-hand corner: (in the little box on the handout) YOUR NAME,
PROF NAME, TA NAME, ENGLISH 1022E, DATE.
o Use the title to point the way forward for your essay topic and catch reader’s attention.
o Get straight to the point of your essay, give it full title
o “quotations” if it’s a short story, piece of a collection, published in something bigger. “Cat in the
Rain”, “The Dead” and “Backdrop Addresses Cowboy”
o Italics if it’s a work of considerable volume, like Brave New World, The Tempest, and Sir Gawain
and the Green Knight.
o FIRST PARAGRAPH: skeleton of key portions of the opening paragraph:
Near the beginning of (full name of the author and the title of the work, either in italics or
double quotation marks, depending on what sort of work it is) the protagonist of the (genre,
type or form of the work), (name of the character or other focal point of the essay), (quotation
properly integrated and (page number)) … A (your approach: detailed analysis, close reading,
feminist…) … reveals (your thesis statement or argument) …
When (into your discussion)...
o Write in historical present tense!! However, when describing past happenings within the
narrative, within the text, you may use past tense. But discuss things in your essay in present.
o [...] if you take anything out or change anything within the quotation.
o Quotations: smoothly in the sense of grammar and tense of your sentence. Must be fully
integrated. Citation at the end of sentence, period follows the citation.
o Opening paragraph: half to 2/3 of the page long. Most paragraphs should be that long in length.
o LITTLE BROWN HANDBOOK.
o No also, and at the beginning of sentences. Use other synonyms such as “moreover”
“nevertheless”. In addition, stay away from old ones like “in the aforementioned”. You don’t
need to use “within” the story, use “in”—same thing with “utilize”, just say “use”. Instead of
starting a sentence with “However” about your previous sentence, instead put “; however,”.
DON’T USE begs the question. No I, we, one, our – be wary.
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